It seems like wet specimen taxidermy is a fading skill and id like to start preserving a few items such as duck/chicken/bird feet and interal organs (heart, lungs, brain, eyes, etc) and im just wondering how to do it? I mostly see wet specimens in an acholol solution. I want the solution to be as cheap and non toxic as possible.
Any help would be great. Please not stupid responses or i will delete them, seriously. If you dont like taxidermy, dont conment,
2 Comments posted on "How to preserve animal parts as wet specimens?"
Sisyphus on January 11th, 2013 at 4:55 am #
Well,golly…because alcohol works,kid. Formaldehyde is expensive & harder to find.
PaulCyp on January 11th, 2013 at 5:23 am #
Ideal is initial preservation in 10% formalin solution, which hardens the tissues, followed by long term storage in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Formalin (formaldehyde solution) is quite toxic however, both the liquid and the vapors, so if you are not familiar with how to handle it, you should probably skip that step and go straight to 70% isopropyl alcohol, which can be purchased at any pharmacy as "rubbing alcohol". You may have to change the alcohol a few times as it is likely to discolor as fluids leach out of the specimen. But after a few changes the alcohol will remain clear.
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